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Convair RB-36H Peacemaker at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California

The Castle Air Museum opened in 1981, on a site adjacent to the former Castle Air Force Base. Today, it showcases 54 vintage World War II, Korean War, and Cold War era aircraft. The outdoor airpark covers 11 acres, and an indoor facility features photographs, uniforms, and other war memorabilia.

The airpark houses one of only four surviving Convair B-36 Peacemakers, a model RB-36H with serial number 51-13730. The photos below were taken by the author in May, 2012.

This is the only reconnaissance version of the B-36 on display, and was assigned to the 28th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Rapid City Air Force Base, South Dakota (Ellsworth AFB after June 1953) from 1952 to 1957. In 1957, it was reassigned to Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois, and was used as a ground instructional airframe. After active service, it was placed on display at Chanute's Air Museum. Later, it was transported to Castle on eleven flatbed railway cars. Reassembly and restoration took two and a half years.

For more information, we highly recommend a visit to the website of the Castle Air Museum

Right fuselage view of the Convair RB-36 Peacemaker S/N 51-13730
Convair RB36 Peacemaker S/N 51-13730
Nose view of the Convair RB-36H Peacemaker
Nose view of the Convair RB-36H
RB-36H Peacemaker in Atwater
RB-36H Peacemaker
The shield of the Strategic Air Command, painted on the RB-36H Peacemaker
The shield of the Strategic Air Command, painted on the RB-36H
RB-36H Peacemaker engines
RB-36H Peacemaker engines
Plaque describing the RB-36H Peacemaker in Atwater, CA
Plaque describing the RB-36H in Atwater, California